I can't say I blame security guards for staying in their portacabin rather
than risk getting shot!
John suggests Government-funded security measures, but there is insufficient
money for the security measures he suggests even for Scheduled Ancient
Monuments owned by /managed for the State where there have been problems
with illegal metal-detecting activity!
John Hooker wrote:
> What a bunch of wimpy security guards and inefficient police!
> With all the money that the British government is putting into heritage
> projects, I wonder why security is not better addressed. I think that most
> believe that creating laws is all that is needed. Clearly it is not, and
> the evidence from countries where laws prohibit MD use, collecting,
> dealing, or exporting antiquities shows that stiffer laws attract greater
> profits by eliminating small time "mining" and shifting the activity to
> organized crime that can even have government officials in their pay.
> China, Sicily and Turkey immediately come to mind. The laws are useful for
> organized crime as through these laws they can eliminate the competition
> for their syndicates.
> A large site poses problems but there are devices that could be used. One
> of these is placed in the ground and it "listens" for the ground
> caused by anyone walking within a certain radius. These were used in the
> Vietnam war and I have seen these offered as military surplus. Perimeter
> patrols, especially with attack dogs, would help, as would good lighting
> and video surveillance. Approaches to the site should also be closed or
> have security checks for metal detectors.
> Such government funded security measures could go hand in hand with better
> education for the public and MD users and responsible MD use should be
> encouraged even more within MD clubs as being "politically correct".